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Jill Eikenberry has a long list of theater, film and television credits. She is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ann Kelsey on NBC’s long-running hit series "LA Law", which earned Jill four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She reprised her role on "L.A. Law - The Movie" on NBC. After Barnard College in New York and Yale Drama School in New Haven, Jill began an extensive theater career on and off Broadway, starring in Michael Weller’s "Moonchildren"; "The Beggars Opera;" "All Over Town" directed by Dustin Hoffman; "Save Grand Central" by famed cartoonist, William Hamilton"; Summer Brave" with Alexis Smith; Wendy Wasserstein’s "Uncommon Women and Others, " in which she also appeared opposite Meryl Streep in the PBS-TV version; Tennessee Williams’ "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale," "Watch on the Rhine," and the Broadway musical, "Onward Victoria". For her performances in Lanford Wilson’s "Lemon Sky" and Richard Greenberg’s "Life Under Water" she was recognized with an Obie Award. She was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Manhattan Theater Club’s production of "A Picasso." She appeared regionally at Yale Rep, The Arena Stage In Washington, D.C., The Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and The Marin Theater Company. She performed in "The Vagina Monologues" at The Circle in the Square in San Francisco and The Napa Valley Opera House and numerous productions around the country of "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney, with her husband, Michael Tucker.
She made her feature film debut in 1976 in "Between the Lines" opposite John Heard, Jeff Goldblum and Lindsay Crouse. She then appeared in "Rich Kids," with John Lithgow; "An Unmarried Woman", "On Hope", directed by Jobeth Williams; "A Night Full of Rain" directed by Lina Wertmuller; "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days," MGM’s "Hide in Plain Sight," opposite James Caan, "Arthur," in which she played Dudley Moore’s jilted fiance, and again opposite John Lithgow in "The Manhattan Project". Most recently, she appeared in the independent feature, "Manna From Heaven" and two films that will be released this year, "A Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing" and "The Best Day of his Life".
On television - in addition to "LA Law", Jill starred in the PBS series, "The Best of Families" as well as numerous TV Movies: "Swansong," with David Soul; "Orphan Train"; the CBS mini-series "Kane and Abel"; "Family Sins"; "The Deadliest Season"; "A Stoning in Fulham County"; "My Boyfriend’s Back"; "Cast the First Stone"; "Rugged Gold"; "Dare to Love"; "Sessions"; "Without Consent"; "Family Sins"; the four-hour ABC mini-series "An Inconvenient Woman" with Jason Robards; "Roughing It" with James Garner; "Living a Lie," with Peter Coyote, "My Very Best Friend" starring opposite Jaclyn Smith, Showtime’s "Chantilly Lace," and its sequel "Parallel Lives." She has guest-starred on television series such as "Strong Medicine", "Tracy Takes On" and "Judging Amy".
Jill has appeared opposite her husband, Michael Tucker on stage in A.R. Gurney’s "Love Letters," on television in "Hill Street Blues," "A Family Again," "Assault and Matrimony," "A Town Torn Apart", "Gone in a Heartbeat", and "Archie’s Wife," which also featured their daughter, Alison. Jill co-produced a one-hour documentary for NBC entitled "Destined to Live," which dealt with the emotional aspects of breast cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. Jill battled the disease in 1986 and was aware of the importance of letting other women know that they were not alone and could recover and lead full and normal lives. Jill and Michael tell their story with humor and hope. Jill says, "Our experience with breast cancer forced us to face the fact that we are going to die one day. The question became, ‘how do we want to live?’" "Destined to Live" was honored with a Humanitas Award.
The "Tuckerberrys" have now created a show of their own entitled, "Life is a Duet" in which they tell the story of their 35 year relationship with the help of 12 songs and clips from TV and film. They have been performing throughout the country.
Jill and Michael have recently produced a documentary film entitled "Emile Norman - By His Own Design", about an 88 year old sculptor in Big Sur California, which has appeared on KQED in San Francisco and will appear nationally on PBS this coming year.
Jill Eikenberry (born January 21, 1947) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is best known for her role as lawyer Ann Kelsey in L.A. Law (1986–1994). She has won an Obie Award, been nominated five times for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globes, winning one, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2011.
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Jill Susan Eikenberry
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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